Cllr Jonathan Annipen with residents collecting water from a
Minority Front councillor, Jonathan Annipen, has lashed out at the ANC demanding that the city invest in the rehabilitation of infrastructure such as water pipes, storm water drains and roads in the former Indian areas.
This comes in the wake of severe water outages in several areas around the city.
Of recent, the community of Tongaat, north of Durban, was left without water for weeks on end and this week the people in Greenbury, Rockford and Rainham were the recipients of the same crisis.
Speaking about the issue, Cllr Annipen said, “The ANC government has once again proven its incapability to provide essential services to the residents of Phoenix and other former Indian areas. The infrastructure in these communities is ailing and has not been upgraded for decades.”
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This is a leading cause for the ongoing water outages in these communities, according to Cllr Annipen.
“The municipality has to do much more to develop this community. It is also sad to see these same political parties coming out in party regalia when the work is already done. That in my opinion is cheap politicking,” he said.
Cllr Annipen continued, “When the water crisis began, I summoned the water and sanitation department to dispatch tankers. Impressively, the unit responded swiftly. However, there is still the challenge of the number of tankers available when needed. I will be tanking these concerns with the relevant officials.”
Local resident, Faridah Jalall, said, “The MF is the only party that is always available to the people. Our ward councillor is always absent when a crisis occurs. The rubbish on the roadside is piling causing rodents and pests breed. Our area has become a dumping ground. When we go to his office, it is closed. He is never reachable and never returns phone calls. This time a water outage happens and we were left without water for more than 24 hours. Our councillor never bothered to assist us. Only the MF and Cllr Annipen assisted us.”